Football Games and Apartment Hunting

I knew it has been several days ago, but I wanted to address the US vs Germany game.  It became very clear very quickly that the German team was by far the superior.  Their win was not a surprise to me.  That being said: I do not feel embarassed with how my country did.  I definitely applause them.  They have come a long way and that was also obvious.  The Americans need to work on their offense but their defense was fantastic! The Germans were so aggressive in their attempts to score goals and almost every time those American would dive in literally like ninjas and get that ball well away from the goal.  The fact that after about 12 attempts by Germany to score a goal only one got through is a huge improvement. (In comparison to the US’s measly three attempts)

Also the US has made it to the second round for the third time in World Cup History also says a lot. 🙂

For those of you not familiar with the goings on in the World Cup, the current American coach is actually the former German coach, Jürgen Klinsmann.  A good one, in fact.  So leading up to the game, the Germans around here have actually expressed their concern that America could potentially beat them and the US definitely held their own.  So yay! I agree with Klinsmann when he said that the US would definitely not win this year.  They will continously make improvements.  Give them another World Cup (or two) and they will definitely be a team that could play with the big dogs.

Anyway, here are some pictures of my friends from work and me at a little cafe where we watched the game 🙂

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Girls from work
Girls from work
Edith and me
Edith and me

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supporting America by drinking American
supporting America by drinking American
Best.  Burger.  Ever.
Best. Burger. Ever.

So on to bigger news:

As some of you may know by now: T was offered and accepted a position in Beringen, Switzerland.  Yay!  So now we can find a place to live between Ravensburg and Beringen.

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The first place we had on our list was Überlingen (or Ueberlingen fo rthose of you without a German keyboard)  Beringen sits about 37 miles from Überlingen while RV is about 26 miles.  One my seem a lot closer to the other.  However, I will be driving country roads to RV while T will have the auobahn.  So both commute times will average out to about 45 minutes each.

But Thorsten thought that maybe we should live in Markdorf.  It would make my commute 20 minutes shorter, but his will be 20 minutes longer.  

I didn’t agree with this idea.

All this talk had happened long before I even came to Germany.  About a month in (after my arrival) we finally did some exploring of the area.  

Markdorf was ok at first but everytime we drove around there – the traffic sucked.  Blech!

We looked into a another town called Salem which is right ouside Überlingen.  Essentially the town consists of 2/3 huge castle and 1/3 little own.  It is cheaper, the castle is gorgeous and the commute would be the same as Überlingen.

But Überlingen….

Hello Ueberlingen
Hello Ueberlingen

*sigh*

We are both in love with this city.  It’s gorgeous, by a lake, and did I mentioned gorgeous?  Also, compared to Chicago, we can ge more apartment for the same price.

Last Friday, Thorsten came down to RV to pick me up from work and take me to Überlingen where we had an appointment.  It’s a beautiful place but this story is ongoing and no decisions are made yet….but we are getting there!!!

Abner helping Thorsten with some apartment planning :-P
Abner helping Thorsten with some apartment planning 😛

Until Friday!

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